Duration: 8 hours. Flexible scheduling options.

Basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth 11–15 years old. Participants learn how to provide care to younger children in a variety of age groups, and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. Course also offers youth the training to promote themselves as a babysitter to prospective parents.
Help your child build valuable skills for a lifetime. As a trained babysitter, your child will learn:

  • Basic skills to care for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children
  • How to care for himself/herself and siblings when home alone
  • How to create a safe environment, and deal with phone calls and unexpected visitors
  • How to react confidently in case of an emergency, such as choking, bleeding, poisoning, or burns
  • How to cope with common problems, such as tantrums and crying
  • Games and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained
  • How to manage a babysitting business, including creating a resumé and a business card, and asking the right questions before accepting a babysitting job


Red Cross Babysitting Facilitator or Red Cross First Aid Instructor/Instructor Trainer

Completion Requirements

100% attendance, skills demonstration, and 75% min. passing grade on written exam


Min. 11 years of age

Course Content

> Business of babysitting
> Caring for babies
> Caring for toddlers
> Caring for preschoolers
> Caring for school-aged children
> Creating safe environments
> How to handle emergencies and first aid

Take-Home Materials

Red Cross Babysitter’s Manual
Babysitter Wallet Card and optional Babysitter Wall Certificate

Additional Resources for Babysitting

Packing your babysitting kit
Babysitter’s checklist
Printable version – Babysitting Course